Woman Sexually Battered While Walking Down Sands of South Beach at 3 a.m.

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A 24-year-old tourist who took a late-night stroll down the sands off of South Beach ended up running away after fighting off a man who tried to rape her.

The woman and her boyfriend were walking in the area of 200 block of Ocean Drive at about 3 a.m. last night when they got into an argument. The woman had wanted to take a walk along the beach, but the boyfriend refused so she decided to go on her own.

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Miami Man Commits Suicide After Body Found In Missing Girlfriend's Car

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After police found a body in Tonya Gonzalez's car, her boyfriend, Roy Blanco, stabbed himself to death.
A missing persons case took a turn for the gruesome yesterday when police found a badly decayed body in the disappeared woman's car. That's when the case got truly bizarre. Hours later, Miami Police got wind that the woman's boyfriend had fled to the Florida Keys on a boat with his mom and a Siberian husky.

Local cops tracked him to Big Coppitt Key, where they chased him into the woods. But as they approached, the man -- 33-year-old Roy Ruiz Blanco -- buried a steak knife in his stomach and his mother gulped down a bottle of pills. Blanco later died.

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Ex-Homestead Mayor Steve Bateman Goes To Trial on Corruption Charges Today

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Steve Bateman, center, lost a bid at re-election with corruption charges hanging over him.
Today may not technically be a holiday, but for Miami-Dade residents, it marks one of the treasured moments in the yearly calendar: Another former public official starts their corruption trial! Former Homestead Mayor Steve Bateman is the man on the stand in criminal court this morning, facing down two felony counts of unlawful compensation related to an allegedly crooked deal with a medical clinic.

Bateman was the last of three local mayors arrested in a corruption crackdown last summer. Prosecutors went 50-50 on the other two cases, nailing Sweetwater's ex-mayor on corruption charges but watching Miami Lakes Mayor Michael Pizzi beat his rap. How will Bateman fare?

See also: Homestead Mayor Steven Bateman Arrested for Unlawful Compensation

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Dangerous Floridian George Zimmerman Allegedly Threatened to Take More Lives During Road Rage Incident

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George Zimmerman, the man who killed unarmed Miami teenager Trayvon Martin, has allegedly threatened to kill again.

Zimmerman was involved in a road-rage incident near Orlando and allegedly asked another driver, "Do you know who I am?," undoubtedly referring to his known status as a someone who taken another person's life. He then threatened to kill the man.

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Children's Shelter Staffer Accused of Driving Two Runaways to Miami to Become Prostitutes

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Ricky Atkins, an employee at Florida Keys Children's Shelter in Tavernier, is behind bars after allegedly driving two teenage runaways to Miami where they were forced to work as prostitutes.

On September 1, one of the girls called police to report what happened and the investigation soon turned to Atkins.

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Shooting at School in NW Miami-Dade Leads to Five Students in Custody

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A fight at the Stellar Leadership Academy in Northwest Miami-Dade today lead to a gun going off, the victim in stable condition at a nearby hospital, and five teenage students in custody.

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Miami Is a Hub for Stolen Art and Artifacts

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This painting by Flemish master Jacob Jordaens was found in a Plantation La Quinta Inn by federal agents.
Two summers ago, Miami was the stage for one of the strangest FBI sting operations on record. On July 17, 2012, undercover agents set up a clandestine deal in a pricey South Beach hotel room. With hidden cameras recording his every move, an unwitting suspect carefully removed the much-coveted object from inside a cardboard tube. Then the cops kicked down the door.But the illicit good wasn't an assault rifle or a brick of Colombian yeyo. It was a stolen painting.

The recovery in Miami of Henri Matisse's Odalisque in Red Pants -- described in our September 4 feature, "Vanishing Point" -- was no fluke, however. Miami may still be maturing as an international cultural capital, but it's long been a black-market boomtown. Dozens of near-priceless pieces of art or antiquities have mysteriously surfaced in Miami, only to be seized by authorities.

See also: Chavez, Matisse, and the Heist That Shook the Americas

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Remains of Baby Found in Box Outside North Miami Gas Station

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A customer at a U-Gas station in North Miami made a grisly discovery this morning at about 5:45 a.m. The customer found a cardboard box inside a dumpster outside of the station and opened it up to find the body of a dead newborn baby inside. They immediately called 911.

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Who Really Stole Odalisque In Red Pants?

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Henri Matisse's 1925 painting, Odalisque in Red Pants, stolen in Caracas in 2000 and recovered in Miami Beach in 2012
This week's feature is a modern-day art heist mystery worthy of the silver screen. It's got a power-hungry president, a missing national treasure, an ensemble of shady middlemen out to make a fortune, and a beautiful FBI agent intent on cracking the case.

But -- spoiler alert -- one thing it doesn't have is a feel-good ending. Although two people went to prison for trying to sell the stolen $4 million Henri Matisse painting Odalisque in Red Pants, nobody has ever been charged with actually stealing it.

Here are a few of the suspects.

See also: Hugo Chávez, Henri Matisse, and the Art Heist That Shook the Americas

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Miami Beach Strip Club the Office Shut Down Amid Criminal Investigation

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The Miami Beach location of one of Miami's most infamous strip clubs has been forced to shut its doors. Miami Beach City Manager Jimmy L. Morales revoked the Office's business license yesterday after a person was injured during a shooting on Saturday. Employees at the club had also recently been arrested for selling drugs, illegally possessing firearms, and soliciting prostitution.

See also: Club Madonna Reopens After Reaching Agreement With City of Miami Beach

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